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Easy Breezy Coastal Cottage Style

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Hello dear friends! It’s the time of year when we book our vacation reservations for the beach and I start to dream of days spent relaxing by the shore. I absolutely love the ocean and hope to retire there one day, or maybe even have a vacation cottage in the not too distant future. Today I am sharing some easy, breezy coastal cottage style decor and dreamy beach cottages just for fun and inspiration. *This post contains affiliate links.


Minimal cottage style dining space



Around June, I usually start to incorporate some beachy decorative touches around the house for summer. I adore simple and casual coastal cottage style decor, and I am always thinking of how I will decorate my dream beach home someday.


A few posts back I shared a tour of my parents Vermont farmhouse .  It continues to be a work in progress.


I love the light airy feel of a coastal cottage, decorated with lots of whites and neutrals. This can be a great look if you want to create a minimalist style home.


Edisto Coffee Table

Birch Lane

To help you decorate your new place, you might like to try a few home decor apps.  HomeByMeis an app you can check out what objects look like in your home before you buy them. You can test out decor items and furniture. The HomeByMe catalogue has plenty of branded products to choose from.


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Beige Blue and White Beach House Decor Living Room


Pops of blue, teal and green are perfect coastal color accents, as they mimic the beauty of the ocean, sea glass, and clear blue summer skies.



Coastal style home decor defined – Bright and breezy, Coastal Style transports you straight to the beach, no matter where you call home. Experts say you can pull off the look even if you’re hundreds of miles from a shoreline....



Quintessential coastal cottage style incorporates lots of nautical collectibles, organic found objects, and decorative accents.

Rustic Maine Seaside Cottage Living Room. Featured on Completely Coastal: #rusticcoastallivingrooms #coastalcottageinteriors #coastalcottagelivingroom



Framed Vintage Swim Suits Wall Decor


I am particularly fond of vintage beach decor, and I have already started collecting pieces for our future coastal cottage.


Pier 1 can help you design a living room that encourages you to kick back and relax in an ocean-inspired setting. Check out all our coastal looks, get fun ideas and create your own unique seaside style.

Pier 1

Life at the beach is fun! Artwork and decor can be classy and sophisticated, yet whimisical at the same time.


Catalog Bliss!! Serene Sandy Beige Living Room…

Pottery Barn



Adventures In Decorating


Decorating with stripes indoors Ballard Designs. I love it all.

Ballard Designs


Take a tour on of interior designer Sarah Richardson's summer island home to see how she incorporated rustic charm into every room.


No matter the color scheme or furnishings used in coastal cottage decor, the emphasis should be on creating a space that is relaxing  as well as comfortable.


"Layering varying textures adds warmth and makes a space more interesting," says Pitts, who paired a linen sectional and wool rug with a sea grass coffee table and a palm leaf ceiling fan. Bright white wall paneling and ceiling beams provide visual heft t

Of course every beach house needs a big ceiling fan to keep the cool air and coastal breezes flowing. 

 If you aren’t sure where the best place for a ceiling fan is, check out the infographic below.



Infographic Designed By Hunter Fan



Lovely little seating nook with pastel yellow and sailboat as focal ornament



Since I was little I have dreamed of living by the sea or maybe even a few miles inland in a coastal town. Every year during our beach vacations my husband and I take a drive around to check out local neighborhoods and real estate. Because we will be at retirement age, we will only need a small home with a guest room. I am always swooning over small beach houses and charming coastal cottages!



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Because we will be at retirement age, we will only need a small home with a guest room. I am always swooning over small beach houses and charming coastal cottages! I already have a vintage bicycle…now we just need to find a little piece of land or a small fixer upper! I think this laid back living would be how to best enjoy Florida in a nice home.


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Building or renovating a small vacation home is something we have considered. Last year we realized that while buying a condo or home can be extremely expensive, it is sometimes possible to find an affordable small piece of property within driving distance to the ocean. If you are wanting water views, sound side property is generally far more affordable and very beautiful too. I would love to be able to wake up to the sound of water!

Tiny Beach Cottage Bedroom


If you are wanting water views, sound side property is generally far more affordable and very beautiful too. I would love to be able to wake up to the sound of water!



If you’ve ever dreamed of building a little cottage by the sea, you’ve got to see these charming house plans, all less than 1,200 square feet.

Coastal Living

My husband and I have done our fair share of remodeling and renovation, but building a home near the ocean (and in hurricane territory) is beyond our expertise, so we would definitely have to work with an experienced contractor like http://www.malarvillan.sewho could help us design the retirement coastal cottage of our dreams and take care of any questionable coastal cottage construction issues.

Life Is Better At The Beach Wooden Box Wall Sign Beach House Decor Sign 8″ x 8″ 


Of course you don’t have to live at the beach to embrace coastal cottage style and natural interior design. As summer approaches I will be sharing more ideas for adding simple nautical decorative touches around the house.


Gorgeous Coastal Style Decor Nautical Themed Decoratiing


How about you, do you dream of living near the ocean blue? What is your favorite beach destination? I love hearing from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber I loved this post! I pinned several images to my “Nautically Nice” board. This look truly is perfect for the summer.

    April 27, 2018 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I love this post! I am changing my home to cottage style and also dream of having a small beach cottage one day. This post is full of great ideas. I am definitely pinning for future reference. Thanks!

    May 6, 2018 at 7:22 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Melanie thanks so much for stopping by today and pinning! I am so glad you liked the post. Come back again soon!

      May 6, 2018 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

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    May 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Marilyn! I can’t wait for the party tomorrow! I love seeing all the other co-hostesses features!

      May 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Oh, how fun Amber! I love a beach vacation. Hubby and I would move to a beach house in a heatbeat, but I couldn’t stand to leave my kids and grandkids. : ( Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    May 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I understand completely! That’s why we are looking into coastal colleges for our son who will be in 8th grade next year. My older son would love to relocate to the beach too. It will still be a few years, but such a big move will take time and planning. Anyway, for now it’s fun to dream!

      May 9, 2018 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Debrashoppeno5

    You showed some great examples of the beach style. It is sure a laid back relaxed way of living.

    May 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Beautiful collection! I’m with you… love the coastal feel of neutrals with a bit of blue/aqua! Pinned to my Interior Inspirations board. Here from Waste Not Wednesdays. Thanks for sharing!

    May 17, 2018 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Julie! I can’t wait for the beach but until them I will have to enjoy those coastal colors in my home and a few seashells here and there! Thanks for stopping and come back again soon!

      May 22, 2018 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Michele

    These are such pretty pics. I love coastal style! Thanks for sharing!

    May 18, 2018 at 11:22 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Michele! I am so glad you visited. Stop by again soon!

      May 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Karren Haller

    Thank you also for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW Linkup, this week you are being featured!!
    Hope you will stop by and share again!!
    Have a great week!

    May 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski

    Just returned from staying at a charming little beach cottage in Folly, SC. I love the decor.

    May 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      I have never heard of Folly, I will have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by Cathy, come back again soon!

      May 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply sam

    Amber.. its again really marvelous written and so informative..
    plz keep sharing like that… i am always waiting for your new arrivals..

    May 26, 2018 at 7:30 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much, I am glad you are enjoying the posts!

      May 26, 2018 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Connie

    Love the beautiful picture references and the information you provided. Makes me want to buy a beach house or maybe I’ll just beach up a room a bit! Coastal living! ???? ???? ????

    June 10, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      How about joining us in Wilmington in mid July? You need a big beach vacay!

      June 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Wow – I’m just in love with the phrase “questionable coastal cottage construction!” 😉 This is a great post Amber. I hope you’re on your way to the coastal cottage of your dreams!

    July 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply katherines Corner

    Love this post sooo much. I actually have a blog series going right now all about dreaming of our retirement cottage by the water. xo

    July 11, 2021 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Julie Briones

    I remember this lovely post! And I love it so much that I’m featuring it at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow! (FYI, some of the photos are not displaying for me on mobile or desktop). Pinned to two boards!

    July 12, 2021 at 10:45 pm
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